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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine for the In-Laws

Who, being loved, is poor?
- Oscar Wilde -

Good morning my Crafty Peeps ...
I hope the coming day is bright and glorious for each and everyone of you!

Happy Valentines day to those who celebrate...

Some interesting tidbits about Valentine's Day and more can be found here at The History Channel.

As a child I remember being told that Valentine's Day commemorated St. Valentine, a priest who wrote love letters to a young woman while he was imprisoned for doing something he wasn't suppose to ... or something like that but as with most of our religious or popular holidays, it appears the foundation for this one can be also be found in a pagan holiday.

Apparently the Church Elders of the time decided that February 15... or the Ides of February, would be a great time to memorialize St. Valentine and as "luck" would have it, that day was the same day that Lupercalia, a fertility festival dedicated to the Roman God Faunus and to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus as held.

Whatever your beliefs are about the day, there is no denying that Valentines Day has turned into a huge "Hallmark" Holiday.

"According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines."

WOW - Just WOW ... that's a lot of cards! It's also quite telling, in my opinion, who carries the day for couples.

So today I am sharing the Valentine card I made for my In-laws.  I recently purchased some new dies and they just came in the mail so I had some new toys to play with!!!

I love quilts. I have made a few small ones but sewing, while I am quite capable at it, is not my passion :O)... but I love looking at them and I enjoy recreating some patterns with paper pieces.

One of the dies I purchased cuts a "Quilt" complete with stitch marks. I had some fun messing with this before I ever got around to making this card! LOL

Card stock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Design Paper from Atd called "Wonderland"
Die: Quilted Stitch by Gina Marie Designs
Die: Scallop Squares by Sizzix
Heart Punch from Marvy
Embossing Folder from Cuttlebug called "Bloom Dots"
Heart image from Stampin Up! set "Happy Hearts"
Sentiment is an Orphan from a Stampin Up! set
Ink from Palette and Stampin Up!

Thanks for stopping by!

I'd like to enter this card into these challenge(s)


LilArtsyWoman said...

This is a beautiful card and love the look of that die.

Christina Hor said...

Oh love your quilt card Cara! The pattern and the die are so beautiful. Lovely touch with the center heart. It is shocking on the number of cards Hallmark sell each year. It's equally shocking of how much store charge for a dozen rose too! Wishing you a lovely Sunday Cara.

Hugs, Christina

Unknown said...

I love that you included the history of the day on your blog! Your card is beautiful!

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phillymam37 said...

Awesome card Cara!! Love that quilted background, very creative!! :)

Aimeslee Winans said...

So pretty, Cara! Good eye matching the embossing folder design to your patterned paper. Have you ever used Gina Marie 5x5 embossing folders? Just wondering, I saw them where I shop... xoxo, Aimeslee